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We are a purpose driven organization dedicated to changing lives and uplifting communities.

The Educational Foundation empowers people from all backgrounds with the training and education they need to secure a better future.

We do this through the vast opportunities offered in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Celebrates Class of 2020 NRAEF Scholarship Recipients  

NRAEF has awarded nearly $1,000,000 in scholarships and individual grants to over 300 students pursuing post-secondary education.

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NRAEF Awarded $9.2M Hospitality-Sector Registered Apprenticeship Contract from US DOL

The multi-year contract will support the promotion and expansion of registered apprenticeship in the restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry to meet employer needs across the sector; increase opportunities for underrepresented populations, including women, Veterans, persons currently or formerly incarcerated, youth and minorities; and leverage apprenticeship stakeholder resources to support the long-term sustainability of apprenticeship across both restaurants and lodging.

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NRAEF President to Join “Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO”

Tune in to “Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO” on October 22 at 2:30 PM EST for an informative and inspiring panel discussion on how the restaurant industry can have a meaningful impact on the communities they serve. NRAEF President Rob Gifford will join the virtual panel to discuss best practices for restaurant leaders looking to engage cause marketing and give back.  

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Coca-Cola Invests in Preparing Next Generation of Restaurant Leaders

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that The Coca-Cola Company has committed $1.5 million to support preparing the next generation of restaurant leaders for meaningful jobs and careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Coca-Cola has been a major NRAEF donor for the past 18 years, contributing a record total of $15 million.

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Advanced Culinary Training Program Recap

NRAEF hosted service members representing the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and the Military Sealift Command for a week-long Advanced Culinary Training Program at the Culinary Institute of American in San Antonio.

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